Committee advances bill to hold back some third graders

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SANTA FE (AP) – A House bill that calls for third graders who don’t show proficiency in reading to be held back is moving forward in the Legislature.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that on Tuesday the House Education Committee recommended approval of the measure which would have students not reading at grade level repeat the third grade and be given intensive remediation.

Introduced by Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, the bill includes exceptions so that it ultimately only applies to about 2,000 of the state’s roughly 25,000 third-graders.

Opponents of the bill say retaining students damages them psychologically and intervention can be done without retention.

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